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HP Newsroom:
HP to Acquire 3Com for $2.7 Billion  —  Will create networking industry powerhouse with a proven, edge-to-data center set of solutions and global reach — HP and 3Com Corporation (NASDAQ: COMS) ("3Com") today announced that they have entered into a definitive agreement under which HP will purchase 3Com …
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Dan Primack / PE Hub Blog:
3Com Trades: What Is Wrong With This Picture?  —  Hewlett-Packard just announced that it has agreed to buy 3Com Corp. for $7.90 per share, or approximately $2.7 billion.  Two thoughts:  —  1. It's a good thing the SEC is off for Veteran's Day, or else it would be busy trying to sort through the slew of inside traders.
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Cisco vs. HP: 3Com acquisition ups the ante
Discussion: DailyFinance
Bing / Search Blog:
How Many Calories in a Burger?  What's 2^2^2^2^2?  Bing and Wolfram|Alpha Have the Answers  —  One of the things we've tried to do with Bing is to bring customers the information they are looking for, presented in a useful way.  If we can adequately infer a user's intent …
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Michael French / mcvuk.com:
Natal launch details leak from secret Microsoft tour  —  November 2010 release, 5m units global ship, 14 games, and super-low sub-£50 price  —  MCV can this week reveal first details regarding the launch of Microsoft's Project Natal.  —  Our sources say the innovative controller-free 360 camera …
Jonny Evans / 9 to 5 Mac:
Windows 7 was “inspired by Mac”, Microsoft admits  —  We reckon a lot of Mac users will be dashing across to read PCR's interview with Microsoft's partner group manager, Simon Aldous, today, if only to look in black and white at his admission that Windows 7 was “inspired” by Apple's Mac OS X.
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Galen Gruman / InfoWorld:
Vista users are jumping fast to Windows 7, but XP users aren't
Discussion: eWeek and CIO.com
Brian X. Chen / Gadget Lab:
Apple App Store Takes Tiny Step Toward Transparency  —  Taking a small step toward openness, Apple rolls out a brand new way for iPhone developers to track the status of apps they've submitted to the App Store.  —  While it may not sound like much, the move gives iPhone developers reason to celebrate.
Discussion: App Advice, MacNN and Gizmodo, Thanks:mrinaldesai
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Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Facebook iPhone Dev Quits Project Over Apple Tyranny
Discussion: GigaOM, Thanks:mgcreed
Elvin Lee / Google Photos Blog:
Twice the storage for a quarter of the price  —  (Cross-posted from the Official Google Blog)  —  People today have more personal data online than ever before.  More and more people are starting to move the bulk of their data off the desktop and into servers “in the cloud,” …
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Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:   Google Gives You More Storage for Less, but Still No GDrive
Pete Lidwell / The Official Google Blog:
Locking SafeSearch  —  When you're searching on Google, we think you should have the choice to keep adult content out of your search results.  That's why we developed SafeSearch, a feature that lets you filter sexually explicit web sites and images from your search results.
Zee / The Next Web Appetite:
Twitter pulls new retweet feature until bugs are fixed.  —  Where have retweets disappeared to you ask?  —  Well we were wondering the same thing, but after a little digging, we've got an answer.  —  After phase 2 of the release yesterday, it seems Twitter has pulled the plug on the feature temporarily.
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Chung Wu / The Official Google Blog:
World Bank public data, now in search  —  When we first launched public data on Google.com, we wanted to make statistics easier to find and to encourage debate based on facts rather than intuition.  The day after we launched, a friend who worked at the World Bank called me …
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Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Google Plans $750M Buyback To Offset AdMob Dilution
Discussion: mocoNews
Gartner:
Gartner Says Worldwide SaaS Revenue to Grow 18 Percent in 2009  —  Worldwide software as a service (SaaS) revenue is forecast to reach $7.5 billion in 2009, a 17.7 percent increase from 2008 revenue of $6.4 billion, according to Gartner, Inc. The market will show consistent growth through 2013 …
Damiano Beltrami / The Local:
His Facebook Status Now?  ‘Charges Dropped’  —  Where's my pancakes, read Rodney Bradford's Facebook page, in a message typed on Saturday, Oct. 17, at 11:49 a.m., from a computer in his father's apartment in Harlem.  —  At the time, the sentence, written in indecipherable street slang …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Exclusive: Playdom Raises A Huge Round At A Huge Valuation  —  It's only a day after one of the big three social game developers, Playfish, announced a $400 million acquisition.  —  And today we've confirmed that another one, Playdom, has done its own massive deal: $43 million on a $260 million pre-money valuation.
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Current TV Staff Suffer A “Major Bloodbath” As 80 Employees Lose Their Jobs  —  Today is another sobering day for the tech and media world.  Current TV has confirmed that 80 people are being let go, leaving the company with 300 employees worldwide.  We heard multiple reports of significant layoffs at Current TV earlier in the day.
Discussion: NewTeeVee, paidContent and The Social, Thanks:erickschonfeld
Peter / The Mac Security Blog:
Intego Security Memo: Hacker Tool Copies Personal Info from iPhones  —  Description: Following the recent discovery of a worm that changes wallpaper on iPhones, Intego has spotted another piece of malware that attacks iPhones, one that is far more dangerous than the ikee worm.
Daisuke Wakabayashi / Wall Street Journal:
Apple Emerges as Nintendo Game Rival  —  Japan Giant's Lead in Hand-Held Devices Is Under Pressure From iPhone, iPod Touch  —  Satoru Iwata, the president of Nintendo Co., is a self-proclaimed Apple Inc. fan.  He carries an iPhone and uses a Mac laptop.  So when Mr. Iwata says Nintendo …
Jonathan Fildes / BBC:
Microsoft disconnects Xbox gamers  —  Thousands of gamers may have been cut off from Microsoft's online gaming service Xbox Live for modifying their consoles to play pirated games.  —  Online reports suggest that as many as 600,000 gamers may have been affected.
Discussion: Guardian, DailyTech, Hardware 2.0 and p2pnet
Brian Stelter / New York Times:
Online Ads Are Booming, if They're Attached to a Video  —  News Web sites are starting to look a lot less like newspapers and a lot more like television.  —  CNN.com and ESPN.com are featuring video much more prominently on their home pages, often prompting visitors to press play before they begin to read.
Discussion: the Econsultancy blog and Softpedia News, Thanks:beet_tv
Laurie Sullivan / MediaPost:
Google Tests Skippable Ads In YouTube Videos  —  Google will begin testing “skippable” pre-roll ads in videos on YouTube Wednesday that could lead the Mountain View, Calif. search engine toward a new advertising model.  The small sampling, which runs indefinitely, will allow people who find …
Stephen Shankland / CNET News:
Google plans Chrome Mac beta for December  —  Google plans to release a Mac beta of Chrome in early December, judging by some chatter on a mailing list for the browser.  —  Chrome 4. is available today as a beta version for Windows but only as a rougher developer-preview version on Linux …
Thanks:atul
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
A Look At All The Sites Owned By Rupert Murdoch That ‘Steal’ Content  —  As Rupert Murdoch talks about how he wants to cut off Google, while claiming that aggregator sites are “parasites” and “stealing” from him — and that fair use would likely be barred by the courts, it seemed …
Todd Bishop / TechFlash:
$35,000 to tour Bill Gates' house  —  The latest sign of the economic recovery: Bill Gates' house.  —  Each fall as part of Microsoft's charitable giving campaign, people at the company donate products, services and experiences for their fellow employees to bid on.
Discussion: MediaMemo and CrunchGear
Vladislav Savov / Engadget:
Zune HD Marketplace now loaded with free 3D games  —  That latest update to the Zune HD's brainstem has unlocked an extra dimension to the multifunctional device, which can now boast “3D gaming device” among its many accolades.  Aside from fixing a significant issue on the music side …
 
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Josh Lowensohn / CNET News:
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Discussion: jkOnTheRun and MobileCrunch
Owen Fletcher / PC World:
China Lauds IPhone App That Spreads State Views
Discussion: Digits
Louis Gray:
Twitter Plucks Data Management Guru from Yahoo!
Discussion: TechCrunch and paidContent, Thanks:atul
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